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Cool Roof Rating Council (

The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) is an independent, non-profit organization that maintains a third-party rating system for radiative properties of roof surfacing materials. contains several important pieces of information:

1.Cool Roofs Rated Products Directory - search "United Coatings" to find 26 of United Coatings'
    listings, including published Albedo (reflectivity) and Thermal Emissivity test data.
2.Listing: Benefits of Cool Roofs (direct and indirect)
3.SRI (Solar Reflective Index) calculator link
   *using Albedo and Emissivity ratings, calculate a product's total SRI

AIA Cool Roof Course

Take the American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved Continuing Education Course (CEU) - "What's So Cool About Cool Roofs?"
Originally published in the March/April 2009 issue of GreenSource Magazine

A Practical Guide to White Coatings

"A Practical Guide to White Coatings - How to Talk to Building Owners about Cool Roofs"
RCI Interface magazine - Feb 2007 article
By: Steve Heinje & Tom Meyer

man spraying roofWhite coatings offer big benefits. As legislators and architects embrace the idea that building design has a huge impact on energy consumption and sustainability, white coatings are now in the spotlight. However, building owners do not often appreciate the immediate benefits of white coatings and convincing them of their value may still be challenging.

The best approach is combining two arguments: energy savings and the extension of roof life cycle. In the latter case, white coatings protect membranes with a chemical barrier and reflect sunlight, both of which contribute to a longer roof life cycle. The primary benefit, of course, is that the reflection of solar radiation significantly lowers air-conditioning costs, especially during hot summers in temperate climates and year-round in warmer climates.

Benefits of Cool Roofs - RCI Interface Magazine

"Benefits of Cool Roofs on Commercial Buildings" 
An article in RCI Interface Magazine - July 2009 - by Stanley P Graveline

map of usaArticle excerpt: (emphasis added)

     "Not surprisingly, the greatest impact due to change from a conventional gray roof surface to a cool roof is achieved in hot states.... However, it is clear that even the coldest states can benefit from significant reductions in cooling energy through the use of cool roofs. ...
     If reflective roofs are beneficial in cooling-dominated climates, one would intuitivelyassume that such roofs would be disadvantageous in heating-dominated climates.... There should, in effect, be a 'heating energy penalty' associated with the use of cool roofs in such climates. According to the [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory] paper, there can be, although the magnitude is surprisingly small, even in the coldest states.... There are a number of reasons for this. Snow may cover the roof for extended periods of time. Winter days are shorter and cloudier and the sun is lower.... In other words,a horizontal surface in the northern states receives about three to five times more daily sun in the summer than in the winter.
    The authors [of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory paper] found that the reduction in annual cooling load exceeded the increase in annual heating load everywhere in the U.S. except the most remote areas of Alaska."

BOTTOM LINE: Cool roofs can save energy, no matter where the building is located.

Quest Policies

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As business units of Quest Specialty Chemicals, Quest Construction Products companies (Hydro-Stop and United Coatings) will abide by the following:

Quest Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality Policy
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ISO 9001 & 14001 Certified


Quest Construction Products LLC, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals, is proud to announce that all QCP manufacturing sites have been certified to both the ISO 9001:2008 Quality and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental standards.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the largest and most recognized organization in the world that develops global standards for business. Auditors examined work processes, quality management and control systems, as well as environmental impact procedures. After a nine month process and multiple site audits, Perry Smith, Charleston Plant Superintendent, is happy to display the ISO certification documents in the front lobby. "Achieving the ISO certifications validates our ongoing emphasis on manufacturing high quality products while ensuring that our environmental impact is continually reduced. We are proud of our newest certifications and will strive to set the industry benchmark in these areas as well as in safety and sales.”

QCP has two manufacturing facilities – one in Charleston, SC and one in Phoenix, AZ. From these two sites, QCP manufactures products under the Hydro-Stop, United Coatings, and StreetBond brand names.

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ISO 9001:2008 certificate
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ISO 14001:2004 certificate
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